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Flood was Day of Judgement

Benson C Saili    

The Deluge was a weapon wielded by “The Lord”. Just who was this Lord?

When exactly did the Deluge take place?

According to the Sumerian records, it happened in the 120th shar (that is, 432,000 years after the Anunnaki landed on Earth); at a time when Noah had lived for 10 shars (that is, was 36,000 years old); and in the astrological Age of Leo, which spanned the years 10,860 BC to 8700 BC. This was roughly 13,000 years ago.

However, when we read such a statement, we have to tread with caution.  For the fact of the matter is that the Deluge occurred not during the Age of Leo, but right on the cusp of the Age of Leo. The Deluge took place when the Age of Virgo was coming to an end, in the year 10,970 BC. This was about 110 years before the Age of Leo began, a twinkling of an eye in the sum-total of historical time.    

When the Deluge occurred, the Sumerians tell us  that Ubar-Tutu, meaning “Understudy of  Utu”, was the man conducting human affairs at Sippar, the cult city of Utu-Shamash, who was Enlil’s grandson. Ubar-Tutu was a title of Lamech, Noah’s father, as the Priest-King of Sippar. The same Sumerian records tell us that at the time of the Flood, Sisithros/Xisuthros/Ziusudra (Noah)  was  reigning in Shuruppak, the Anunnaki medical centre that was overseen by Ninmah, Enki’s step-sister. All ancient historians, who include Manetho and Berossus, document that both Noah and Lamech were pre-diluvial rulers.


In other words, they ruled before the Flood. It  therefore follows  that if the Flood happened in 10,970 BC, this must have been in the preceding Age of Virgo and not the Age of Leo. The Age of Leo was simply a turning point: it was a juncture (a T-junction) when things suddenly came to a dead end, when everything had to begin anew following the apocalyptic Flood. The Egyptian term for this crossroads is Zepi Zepi, whose paraphrased meaning is “The nothingness that was wrought by the Flood”.   

Genesis is more precise as to the occurrence of the Deluge. It says it began in “the 600th year of Noah's life, in the 2nd month, on the 17th day of the month”. Since Genesis reduces the age of the patriarchs by a factor of 60, the given age – of 600 years – must be multiplied by 60 to arrive at the correct age, which perfectly dovetails with the 36,000 years we happen upon in Sumerian chronicles.

According to Berossus (Bel-re-u-su), the renowned Babylonian writer and priest of Enki’s firstborn son Marduk (who was also known as Bel), the Deluge began in the reign of Sisithros, the 10th prediluvial ruler, in the month of “Daisos”, which was the second month of the year.  Noah  indeed was the 10th patriarch counting from Adapa.  

The Deluged lasted a total of 1 year and 10 days, terminating completely “in the 2nd month, on the 27th day of the month”. It brought to an abrupt end the Ice Age, which according to Sumerian records  had begun 62,000 years prior. Scientific findings do corroborate this fact. They say the last Ice Age lasted 62,000 years, from 75,000 years  to 13,000 years ago. The Sumerian records also say the Ice Age was particularly harsh over a period of 7 shars, or 25,200 years. Scientists have confirmed this assertion too: they found that between 38,000 to 13,000 years ago – a 25,000-year period – the Ice Age was at its most extreme.

Presenting further context on the historicity of the Ice Age and its precipitate ending, Zechariah Sitchin writes thus: “The abrupt end of the last Ice Age has been the subject of numerous studies, including an intensive investigation during the 1958 International Geophysical Year. The studies confirmed both the abruptness and timing – about 13,000 years ago – of the Ice Age's ending in Antarctica, but left unexplained the reason for the phenomenon. Additional recent studies support those conclusions: A study of ancient temperatures (Nature, 26 February 2009) determined that while warming at the end of the last Ice Age was relatively gradual in Greenland (north Atlantic), it was ‘rapid and abrupt’ in Antarctica (south Atlantic) about 13,000 years ago.”


If the Sumerian records assert that the Deluge happened in the 120th shar, is the Bible in agreement or at variance?
GENESIS 6:2-3 says, “The sons of God (the Nefilim, the Igigi who settled on Earth) saw that the daughters of men (Mankind) were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.  Then the LORD (Enlil) said,   "My Spirit shall not strive with man   forever, because he is flesh;

nevertheless,  his days shall be 120 years. The number 120 does feature in the above scripture. Sadly, it occurs in the wrong tense, the future tense. The correct tense should read, “… and his days were 120 years”. Why do we allege so? If we go with the future tense, the impression we get is that post the Flood, man’s lifespan was capped at 120 years as a punitive measure. However, things did not pan out that way. Genesis itself indicates crystal-clearly that the generations that came after Noah lived more than 120 years.


They included Shem (600);  Arpakhshad (438); Shelah (433); Terah (205); Abraham (175); and so forth. As such, the 120 years maximum lifespan is out of context. Yet it is not if it is read as “and his days were 120 years”. Whose days were these? These were the days of the “Lord” – Enlil. In fact, the term years  was used figuratively, a trend oft-encountered in the Old Testament: the  years were actually  shars – 120 multiply by 3600, which gives us 432,000 years. In other words, at the time (the outbreak of the Flood), Enlil (and other Anunnaki royals) had been on Earth for 432,000 years. Genesis therefore is in harmony with the Sumerian records in this respect.  

If you a sceptic who question the fact of the figure 120 in the Genesis passage referring to the Anunnaki, just read the verse that follows after. Verse 4 says: “The  Nephilim were on the Earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were men of renown, the Mighty one of the Rockets.” Clearly, the 120 “years” in verse 3 are  spoken of in the context of the Anunnaki, not mankind. Verse 4 qualifies Verse 3.

The number 432,000 is not insignificant in human annals. In Hindu tradition, for instance, 432,000 years is termed  1 Yuga. 1 Great Yuga (Catayuga) equals 10 Yugas, or 4, 320,000 years. The Egyptian priest Manetho wrote (ill-conceivedly) that the world was going to last 2, 160,000 years, or 5 Yugas, before it came to an end. In Hindu, one day in the eyes of Lord Brahma (the creator) equals 1000 Great Yugas, which totals 4.32 billion years.

This is approximately the age of planet Earth! When PSALM 90:4 says, “To God, a thousand years is as one day”, that should not be taken literally. What it simply means is that to God, 1000 Yugas, or 4.32 billion years, amounts to only one day. That is to say, in the eyes of God, Earth is only one day old! It’s important to read widely folks if you are to understand all forms of disseminated knowledge in its proper context. Otherwise, you are certain to draw a blank if you restrict yourself to one source only.     


If you were to ask the Christian clergyman with a degree in theology dangling from his neck as to what caused the Flood of Noah’s day, they would without blushing tell you it was unprecedented heavy rainfall. But that is far from the truth. Rain was the result of the Flood; not the cause of it. It were  the atmospheric changes engendered by the Flood that “opened the sluices of Heaven”. Says one chronicler: “The abrupt change in temperature (arising from the great tidal wave) must have created violent storms accompanied by torrents of rain. Moving faster than the waters, the storms, clouds, and darkened skies heralded the avalanche of waters.”

The most immediate testament to the fact of the Flood preceding sustained torrential rains is the Bible itself. GENESIS 7: 11-12  informs us that  the Deluge began when "all the water sources of the Great Deep burst apart."Once that had taken place, "the sluices of the skies opened up, and the rain was upon the Earth forty days and forty nights."


This sequence was replicated when the Deluge ran its course. According  to GENESIS 8:2-3, the “water sources of the Great Deep” first receded before “the sluices of the sky shut down”. There was first a “bursting of the fountains of the Great Deep” before rain began to pelt down and “The Fountains of the Deep were dammed” before “rain was arrested from the skies”. What was this animal referred to as the “Great Deep” or simply the “Deep”?

It was the frozen continent we today call Antarctica. The Sumerian records refer to the Deluge as the “South Storm” – the avalanche of rising waters that originated from the south. The “South” was Antarctica. The South Storm, say Sumerian records, “swept over the land”. It “blew, gathering speed as it blew, submerging the mountains”.  “South” thus was in deference to the direction from which the Deluge arrived.   

The Deluge, according to the Sumerian records, broke forth when the Antarctic Ice Sheet, the mountain of ice that smothered the Antarctic continent, slipped into the Antarctic Sea. Has that been scientifically attested? Very much so. According to Dr John T Hollin of the University of Maine, writes Zechariah Sitchin,  “The Antarctic Ice Sheet periodically breaks loose and slips into the sea, creating an abrupt and enormous tidal wave!”


Hollin reckoned that “if only half the present Ice Sheet of Antarctica (it’s presently 4,770 metres or 2981 miles thick) were to slip into the southern seas, the immense tidal wave that would follow would raise the level of all the seas around the globe by some sixty feet, inundating coastal cities and lowlands”. In 1964, AT Wilson of Victoria University in New Zealand found that historically, there have been periodical occurrences of Ice Sheet slippages both at the Arctic and Antarctica and these have caused abrupt cessations of the Ice Age.      

On February 6 2009, the acclaimed magazine Science published  a study of ancient sea levels in which scientists found that  the Antarctic Ice Sheet did indeed collapse 13,000 years ago, bringing to a sudden end the Ice Age. The resultant tidal wave reached its maximum impact 2000 miles or 3200 km away. The most affected areas stretched from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, and from biblical lands all the way to Mount Ararat.  

If you are an incurable Doubting Thomas who scoff at the Sumerian records as little more than myth, I’m afraid you are missing out big time on a highly invaluable source of enlightenment my Brother, which even scientists apparently give credence to without directly acknowledging albeit.


If the Antarctic Ice Sheet hadn’t toppled into the Antarctic Sea, there would have been no Deluge. Hence,  the primary cause of the Deluge was the force that caused the Ice Sheet to dislodge into the sea. Exactly what was this force? In the Bible, it goes by various names. It is called “God”; “The Lord”; “The Celestial Lord”; and “Olam”.


Those who have been ardent readers of this series will by now have known that all these  were denominations or characterisations of Nibiru, the planet of   the Old Testament gods (that is, the Anunnaki). It was the gravitational effect of Nibiru, when it came too near to Earth in the course of its 3600-year-long orbit around the Sun 13,000 years ago,  that caused the Antarctic Ice Sheet to slide into the sea and trigger the globalwide flood.   

A 31-line Sumerian text unearthed at Ashur says the Deluge was “the weapon of Nibiru”, meaning it was the stick by which the “God” Nibiru chastised the “wicked”. It says the “Lord, whose weapon is the Flooding Storm, loosed the Deluge upon the Earth”.  If you remember what we said before, Nibiru’s approach was dubbed as “The Day of the Lord” or “The Day of Judgement” by the Old Testament prophets in that more often than not, it caused a series of calamities, which included earthquakes, forest fires, global warming, and tsunamis.  

The Sumerian records say Nibiru neared Earth at “Akiti time”. The Akiti was the Anunnaki festival to celebrate the onset of a  new year. Then from “the 2nd  month to the month of Addar (the 12th month), it unleashed the Deluge on the planet”. This is very much in keeping with  what the Bible says. Genesis states that the fountains of the great deep burst open on the 17th day of the 2nd   month. The ark came to rest on Mount Ararat in the 7th month. Other dry land was visible in the 10th month. Finally, the Deluge was over in the 12th month  for it was on the 1st day of the 1st  month of the following year that Noah opened the ark's hatch.

PSALM 29 talks about the “olden days” or “years of Olam (another of Nibiru’s names)” when “The Lord to the Deluge said,  ‘Return!’". In that particular psalm, the psalmist waxes lyrical about the character of the Deluge.  “The sound of thine thunder was rolling; lightnings lit up the world. The Earth was agitated and it quaked.” He goes on to document that, “The sound of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory, the Lord, thundereth upon the great waters … The Lord's sound is powerful. The Lord's sound is majestic. The Lord's sound breaketh the cedars. He makes [Mount] Lebanon dance as a calf, [Mount] Sirion leap like a young bull. The Lord's sound strikes fiery flames. The Lord's sound shaketh the desert.”

PSALM 104 is equally obsequious of the imperial role planet Nibiru played in the Flood. It talks about the time when the oceans overran the continents and were made to go back eventually as Nibiru retreated. “Above the mountains did the water stand. At thy rebuke, the waters fled … They went upon the mountains, then down to the valleys.”

When the prophet Amos began to prophesy about the return of Nibiru in the 8th century BC, his frame of reference was the havoc Nibiru wreaked in the 11th century BC. “Woe unto you that desire the Day of the Lord,” he warned. “To what end is it for you? For the Day of the Lord is darkness and no light … Turneth morning unto death's shadow, maketh the day dark as night; calleth forth the waters of the sea and poureth them upon the face of the Earth” – almost word for word what Sumerian records say happened when Nibiru caused the Flood.

This is a stark warning to the mass of tragically misguided Christians, who have been led to believe that  the Day of the Lord is all sweetness and light. It isn’t. It is about infernal fires, deadly earth tremors, and genocidal floods. The Day of the Lord is the Day of Nibiru. And Nibiru doesn’t come grinning and smiling: it approaches breathing fire and brimstone, and raining apocalyptic waters on this beautiful but ill-fated planet.


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28th March 2023

In recent years, using personal devices in working environments has become so commonplace it now has its own acronym, BOYD (Bring Your Own Device).  But as employees skip between corporate tools and personal applications on their own devices, their actions introduce a number of possible risks that should be managed and mitigated with careful consideration.  Consider these examples:

Si-lwli, a small family-run business in Wales, is arguably as niche a company as you could find, producing talking toys used to promote the Welsh language. Their potential market is small, with only some 300,000 Welsh language speakers in the world and in reality the business is really more of a hobby for the husband-and-wife team, who both still have day jobs.  Yet, despite still managing to be successful in terms of sales, the business is now fighting for survival after recently falling prey to cybercriminals. Emails between Si-Iwli and their Chinese suppliers were intercepted by hackers who altered the banking details in the correspondence, causing Si-Iwli to hand over £18,000 (around P ¼ m) to the thieves. That might not sound much to a large enterprise, but to a small or medium business it can be devastating.

Another recent SMB hacking story which appeared in the Wall Street Journal concerned Innovative Higher Ed Consulting (IHED) Inc, a small New York start-up with a handful of employees. IHED didn’t even have a website, but fraudsters were able to run stolen credit card numbers through the company’s payment system and reverse the charges to the tune of $27,000, around the same loss faced by Si-Iwli.  As the WSJ put it, the hackers completely destroyed the company, forcing its owners to fold.

And in May 2019, the city of Baltimore’s computer system was hit by a ransomware attack, with hackers using a variant called RobinHood. The hack, which has lasted more than a month, paralysed the computer system for city employees, with the hackers demanding a payment in Bitcoin to give access back to the city.

Of course, hackers target governments or business giants  but small and medium businesses are certainly not immune. In fact, 67% of SMBs reported that they had experienced a cyber attack across a period of 12 months, according to a 2018 survey carried out by security research firm Ponemon Institute. Additionally, Verizon issued a report in May 2019 that small businesses accounted for 43% of its reported data breaches.  Once seen as less vulnerable than PCs, smartphone attacks are on the rise, with movements like the Dark Caracal spyware campaign underlining the allure of mobile devices to hackers. Last year, the US Federal Trade Commission released a statement calling for greater education on mobile security, coming at a time when around 42% of all Android devices are believed to not carry the latest security updates.

This is an era when employees increasingly use their smartphones for work-related purposes so is your business doing enough to protect against data breaches on their employees’ phones? The SME Cyber Crime Survey 2018 carried out for risk management specialists AON showed that more than 80% of small businesses did not view this as a threat yet if as shown, 67% of SMBs were said to have been victims of hacking, either the stats are wrong or business owners are underestimating their vulnerability.  A 2019 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers suggests the latter, stating that the majority of global businesses are unprepared for cyber attacks.

Consider that a workstation no longer means a desk in an office: It can be a phone in the back of a taxi or Uber; a laptop in a coffee shop, or a tablet in an airport lounge.  Wherever the device is used, employees can potentially install applications that could be harmful to your business, even from something as seemingly insignificant as clicking on an accidental download or opening a link on a phishing email.  Out of the physical workplace, your employees’ activities might not have the same protections as they would on a company-monitored PC.

Yet many businesses not only encourage their employees to work remotely, but assume working from coffee shops, bookstores, and airports can boost employees’ productivity.  Unfortunately, many remote hot spots do not provide secure Wi-Fi so if your employee is accessing their work account on unsecured public Wi-Fi,  sensitive business data could be at risk. Furthermore, even if your employee uses a company smartphone or has access to company data through a personal mobile device, there is always a chance data could be in jeopardy with a lost or stolen device, even information as basic as clients’ addresses and phone numbers.

BOYDs are also at risk from malware designed to harm and infect the host system, transmittable to smartphones when downloading malicious third-party apps.  Then there is ransomware, a type of malware used by hackers to specifically take control of a system’s data, blocking access or threatening to release sensitive information unless a ransom is paid such as the one which affected Baltimore.  Ransomware attacks are on the increase,  predicted to occur every 14 seconds, potentially costing billions of dollars per year.

Lastly there is phishing – the cyber equivalent of the metaphorical fishing exercise –  whereby  cybercriminals attempt to obtain sensitive data –usernames, passwords, credit card details –usually through a phoney email designed to look legitimate which directs the user to a fraudulent website or requests the data be emailed back directly. Most of us like to think we could recognize a phishing email when we see it, but these emails have become more sophisticated and can come through other forms of communication such as messaging apps.

Bottom line is to be aware of the potential problems with BOYDs and if in doubt,  consult your IT security consultants.  You can’t put the own-device genie back in the bottle but you can make data protection one of your three wishes!

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“I Propose to Diana Tonight”

28th March 2023

About five days before Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed landed in Paris, General Atiku, a certain Edward Williams was taking a walk in a woods in the Welsh town of Mountain Ash. Williams, then 73, was a psychic of some renown. He had in the past foretold assassination attempts on US President Ronald Reagan, which occurred on March 30, 1981, and Pope John Paul II, which came to pass on May 13, 1981.

As he trudged the woods, Williams  had a sudden premonition that pointed to Diana’s imminent fate as per Christopher Andersen’s book The Day Diana Died. “When the vision struck me, it was as if everything around me was obscured and replaced by shadowy figures,” Williams was later to reminisce. “In the middle was the face of Princess Diana. Her expression was sad and full of pathos. She was wearing what looked like a floral dress with a short dark cardigan. But it was vague. I went cold with fear and knew it was a sign that she was in danger.”

Williams hastily beat a retreat to his home, which he shared with his wife Mary, and related to her his presentiment, trembling like an aspen leaf as he did so. “I have never seen him so upset,” Mary recounted. “He felt he was given a sign and when he came back from his walk he was deeply shaken.”

The following day, Williams frantically sauntered into a police station to inform the police of his premonition. The officer who attended to him would have dismissed him as no more than a crackpot but he treated him seriously in view of the accuracy of his past predictions. He  took a statement and immediately passed it on to the Special Branch Investigative  Unit.

The report read as follows:

“On 27 August, at 14:12 hrs, a man by the name of Edward Williams came to Mountain Ash police station. He said he was a psychic and predicted that Princess Diana was going to die. In previous years, he has predicted that the Pope and Ronald Reagan were going to be the victims of assassination attempts. On both occasions he was proved to be correct. Mr Williams appeared to be quite normal.”

Williams, General, was spot-on as usual: four days later, the princess was no more.

Meanwhile, General,  even as Dodi and Diana were making their way to the Fayed-owned Ritz Hotel in central Paris, British newspapers were awash with headlines that suggested Diana was kind of deranged. Writes Andrew Morton in Diana in Pursuit of Love: “In The Independent Diana was described as ‘a woman with fundamentally nothing to say about anything’. She was ‘suffering from a form of arrested development’. ‘Isn’t it time she started using her head?’ asked The Mail on Sunday. The Sunday Mirror printed a special supplement entitled ‘A Story of Love’; The News of the World claimed that William had demanded that Diana should split from Dodi: ‘William can’t help it, he just doesn’t like the man.’ William was reportedly ‘horrified’ and ‘doesn’t think Mr Fayed is good for his mother’ – or was that just the press projecting their own prejudices? The upmarket Sunday Times newspaper, which had first serialised my biography of the princess, now put her in the psychiatrist’s chair for daring to be wooed by a Muslim. The pop-psychologist Oliver James put Diana ‘On the Couch’, asking why she was so ‘depressed’ and desperate for love. Other tabloids piled in with dire prognostications – about Prince Philip’s hostility to the relationship, Diana’s prospect of exile, and the social ostracism she would face if she married Dodi.”


Before Diana and Dodi departed the Villa Windsor sometime after 16 hrs, General, one of Dodi’s bodyguards Trevor Rees-Jones furtively asked Diana as to what the programme for the evening was. This Trevor did out of sheer desperation as Dodi had ceased and desisted from telling members of his security detail, let alone anyone else for that matter, what his onward destination was for fear that that piece of information would be passed on to the paparazzi. Diana kindly obliged Trevor though her response was terse and scarcely revealing. “Well, eventually we will be going out to a restaurant”, that was all Diana said. Without advance knowledge of exactly what restaurant that was, Trevor and his colleagues’ hands were tied: they could not do a recce on it as was standard practice for the security team of a VIP principal.  Dodi certainly, General, was being recklessly by throwing such caution to the winds.

At about 16:30, Diana and Dodi drew up at the Ritz Hotel, where they were received by acting hotel manager Claude Roulet.  The front entrance of the hotel was already crawling with paparazzi, as a result of which the couple took the precaution of using the rear entrance, where hopefully they would make their entry unperturbed and unmolested. The first thing they did when they were ensconced in the now $10,000 a night Imperial Suite was to spend some time on their mobiles and set about touching base with friends, relations, and associates.  Diana called at least two people, her clairvoyant friend Rita Rogers and her favourite journalist Richard Kay of The Daily Mail.

Rita, General,  was alarmed that Diana had proceeded to venture to Paris notwithstanding the warning she had given Dodi and herself in relation to what she had seen of him  in the crystal ball when the couple had consulted her. When quizzed as to what the hell she indeed was doing in Paris at that juncture, Diana replied that she and Dodi had simply come to do some shopping, which though partially true was not the material reason they were there. “But Diana, remember what I told Dodi,” Rita said somewhat reprovingly. Diana a bit apprehensively replied, “Yes I remember. I will be careful. I promise.” Well,  she did not live up to her promise as we shall soon unpack General.

As for Richard Kay, Diana made known to him that, “I have decided I am going to radically change my life. I am going to complete my obligations to charities and to the anti-personnel land mines cause, but in November I want to completely withdraw from formal public life.”

Once she was done with her round of calls, Diana went down to the hair saloon by the hotel swimming pool to have her hair washed and blow-dried ahead of the scheduled evening dinner.


Since the main object of their Paris trip was to pick up the “Tell Me Yes” engagement ring  Dodi had ordered in Monte Carlo a week earlier, Dodi decided to check on Repossi Jewellery, which was right within the Ritz prencincts, known as the Place Vendome.  It could have taken less than a minute for Dodi to get to the store on foot but he decided to use a car to outsmart the paparazzi invasion. He was driven there by Trevor Rees-Jones, with Alexander Kez Wingfield and Claude Roulet following on foot, though he entered the shop alone.

The Repossi store had closed for the holiday season but Alberto Repossi, accompanied by his wife and brother-in-law,  had decided to travel all the way from his home in Monaco  and momentarily open it for the sake of the potentially highly lucrative  Dodi transaction.  Alberto, however, disappointed Dodi as the ring he had chosen was not the one  he produced. The one he showed Dodi was pricier and perhaps more exquisite but Dodi  was adamant that he wanted the exact one he had ordered as that was what Diana herself had picked. It was a ploy  on the part of Repossi to make a real killing on the sale, his excuse to that effect being that Diana deserved a ring tha was well worthy of her social pedigree.  With Dodi having expressed disaffection, Repossi rendered his apologies and assured Dodi he would make the right ring available shortly, whereupon Dodi repaired back to the hotel to await its delivery. But Dodi  did insist nonetheless that the pricier ring be delivered too in case it appealed to Diana anyway.

Repossi delivered the two rings an hour later. They were collected by Roulet. On inspecting them, Dodi chose the very one he had seen in Monte Carlo, apparently at the insistence of Diana.  There is a possibility that Diana, who was very much aware of her public image and was not comfortable with ostentatious displays of wealth, may have deliberately shown an interest in a less expensive engagement ring. It  may have been a purely romantic as opposed to a prestigious  choice for her.

The value of the ring, which was found on a wardrobe shelf in Dodi’s apartment after the crash,  has been estimated to be between $20,000 and $250,000 as Repossi has always refused to be drawn into revealing how much Dodi paid for it. The sum, which enjoyed a 25 percent discount, was in truth paid for not by Dodi himself but by his father as was the usual practice.

Dodi was also shown Repossi’s sketches for a bracelet, a watch, and earrings which he proposed to create if Diana approved of them.


At about 7 pm,  Dodi and Diana left the Ritz and headed for Dodi’s apartment at a place known as the Arc de Trompe. They went there to properly tog themselves out for the scheduled evening dinner. They spent two hours at the luxurious apartment. As usual, the ubiquitous paparazzi were patiently waiting for them there.

As they lingered in the apartment, Dodi beckoned over to his butler Rene Delorm  and showed him  the engagement ring. “Dodi came into my kitchen,” Delorm relates. “He looked into the hallway to check that Diana couldn’t hear and reached into his pocket and pulled out the box … He said, ‘Rene, I’m going to propose to the princess tonight. Make sure that we have champagne on ice when we come back from dinner’.” Rene described the ring as “a spectacular diamond encrusted ring, a massive emerald surrounded by a cluster of diamonds, set on a yellow and white gold band sitting in a small light-grey velvet box”.

Just before 9 pm, Dodi called the brother of his step-father, Hassan Yassen, who also was staying at the Ritz  that night, and told him that he hoped to get married to Diana by the end of the year.

Later that same evening, both Dodi and Diana would talk to Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi’s dad, and make known to him their pre-nuptial intentions. “They called me and said we’re coming back  (to London) on Sunday (August 31) and on Monday (September 1) they are

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RAMADAN – The Blessed Month of Fasting

28th March 2023

Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims, where over one billion Muslims throughout the world fast from dawn to sunset, and pray additional prayers at night. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to Allah, and self-control. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. As you read this Muslims the world over have already begun fasting as the month of Ramadan has commenced (depending on the sighting of the new moon).

‘The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for people, in it are clear signs of guidance and Criterion, therefore whoever of you who witnesses this month, it is obligatory on him to fast it. But whoever is ill or traveling let him fast the same number of other days, God desires ease for you and not hardship, and He desires that you complete the ordained period and glorify God for His guidance to you, that you may be grateful”. Holy Qur’an  (2 : 185)

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars upon which the structure of Islam is built. The other four are: the declaration of one’s belief in Allah’s oneness and in the message of Muhammad (PBUH); regular attendance to prayer; payment of zakaat (obligatory charity); and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

As explained in an earlier article, fasting includes total abstinence from eating, drinking, smoking, refraining from obscenity, avoiding getting into arguments and including abstaining from marital relations, from sunrise to sunset. While fasting may appear to some as difficult Muslims see it as an opportunity to get closer to their Lord, a chance to develop spiritually and at the same time the act of fasting builds character, discipline and self-restraint.

Just as our cars require servicing at regular intervals, so do Muslims consider Ramadan as a month in which the body and spirit undergoes as it were a ‘full service’. This ‘service’ includes heightened spiritual awareness both the mental and physical aspects and also the body undergoing a process of detoxification and some of the organs get to ‘rest’ through fasting.

Because of the intensive devotional activity fasting, Ramadan has a particularly high importance, derived from its very personal nature as an act of worship but there is nothing to stop anyone from privately violating Allah’s commandment of fasting if one chooses to do so by claiming to be fasting yet eating on the sly. This means that although fasting is obligatory, its observance is purely voluntary. If a person claims to be a Muslim, he is expected to fast in Ramadan.


The reward Allah gives for proper fasting is very generous. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) quotes Allah as saying: “All actions done by a human being are his own except fasting, which belongs to Me and I will reward it accordingly.” We are also told by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that the reward for proper fasting is admittance into heaven.

Fasting earns great reward when it is done in a ‘proper’ manner. This is because every Muslim is required to make his worship perfect. For example perfection of fasting can be achieved through restraint of one’s feelings and emotions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that when fasting, a person should not allow himself to be drawn into a quarrel or a slanging match. He teaches us: “On a day of fasting, let no one of you indulge in any obscenity, or enter into a slanging match. Should someone abuse or fight him, let him respond by saying: ‘I am fasting!’”

This high standard of self-restraint fits in well with fasting, which is considered as an act of self-discipline. Islam requires us to couple patience with voluntary abstention from indulgence in our physical desires. The purpose of fasting helps man to attain a high degree of sublimity, discipline and self-restraint. In other words, this standard CAN BE achieved by every Muslim who knows the purpose of fasting and strives to fulfill it.

Fasting has another special aspect. It makes all people share in the feelings of hunger and thirst. In normal circumstances, people with decent income may go from one year’s end to another without experiencing the pangs of hunger which a poor person may feel every day of his life. Such an experience helps to draw the rich one’s conscience nearer to needs of the poor. A Muslim is encouraged to be more charitable and learns to give generously for a good cause.

Fasting also has a universal or communal aspect to it. As Muslims throughout the world share in this blessed act of worship, their sense of unity is enhanced by the fact that every Muslim individual joins willingly in the fulfillment of this divine commandment. This is a unity of action and purpose, since they all fast in order to be better human beings. As a person restrains himself from the things he desires most, in the hope that he will earn Allah’s pleasure, self-discipline and sacrifice become part of his nature.

The month of Ramadan can aptly be described as a “season of worship.” Fasting is the main aspect of worship in this month, because people are more attentive to their prayers, read the Qur’an more frequently and also strive to improve on their inner and outer character. Thus, their devotion is more complete and they feel much happier in Ramadan because they feel themselves to be closer to their Creator.

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